District of Columbia Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Employers must admit the authorized representative of the Mayor to their places of employment and permit them to inspect and copy their books, registers, payrolls, and other wage-related records. The authorized representative of the Mayor also has the authority to question an employee and require sworn statements from the employer regarding employees' names, addresses, wages, and hours (DC Stat. Sec. 32-1005). Such records must be kept for 3 years and be available for inspection or transcription by the Mayor at any reasonable time (DC Stat. Sec. 32-1008). There is additional and complete information.
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The authorized representative of the Mayor may administer oaths and, by subpoena, require witnesses to attend and to testify at meetings and require the production of all pertinent documents (DC Stat. Sec. 32-1007 and Sec. 32-1306).
Unpaid wages. An employer who willfully violates provisions regarding the payment and collection of wages is guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $300, imprisonment, or both. Subsequent offenses carry a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment, or both. In addition, an employer may have to pay administrative penalties of up to $300 for the first violation and up to $500 for each subsequent violation. When determining the penalty, the Mayor considers past violations by the same employer, the administrative costs of the proceeding to collect, and the size of the employer's business (DC Stat. Sec. 32-1307).
Penalties. Willful violations of the District of Columbia's minimum wage provisions are punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both. Imprisonment applies only to those who have previously been convicted of a similar ...

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